We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
As a citizen of the United States, I enjoy what are unparalleled freedoms. Generations back, in 1751, the seven-times great-grandfather whose name I carry landed on these shores in Philadelphia. A few short years later, he signed the Patriot’s Oath of Fidelity and Support. I wonder if he marveled at the changes in the world around him as much as I do? I think it’s safe to say he valued personal freedom else why make a patriot’s pledge to the new country?
Writers have always been a seditious bunch. Just read the Declaration of Independence line by line and you’ll be amazed at the audacity of writers. Writers have a unique and powerful talent. Writers can change the world. Writers HAVE changed the world.
For the most part, writers are a sensitive, introverted and insecure bunch. What we need to remember is the impressive heritage we share. We are the keepers of history and visionaries of the future. Words are our tools, our magic carpets, even our weapons. This is our gift.
One of the reasons I signed up for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group was to hopefully impart some pearl of wisdom that someone struggling would find. Am I egotistical enough to believe what I write in a blog has special merit? Not really, but the universe works in mysterious ways. What leads me to write leads another to read. I don’t question - or tempt - it too far.
So if I have one thing to share this month, when in the United States we are celebrating our independence, it's that every writer remember to embrace their gift and use it wisely. Don’t be afraid to be independent in your writing, and you might just change the world.